With temperatures near 70 and a cool breeze in the air, the weekend weather certainly warranted a hiking trip. Therefore, the Frugal Family Travelers packed the van and set out on an adventure to the Tuxachanie Trail, located in Desoto National Forest. Spanning the length of Gulfport to Hattiesburg, MS, Desoto comprises approximately 500,000 acres with the Tuxachanie Trail being one of the gems to be found in this lush forest. The 12 mile trail has three access points with opportunities for viewing an array of habitats including wetlands, dry grasslands, creeks, pitcher plants, pine forests and a beautiful magnolia forest. The trailhead, off highway 49 in Saucier MS, initially follows an old logging rail, where trees were once harvested for a multitude of purposes, including making turpentine and rosin.
Tips: Pack water, bug spray and sunscreen; print a map from the forest website or take a picture of the posted copy on your phone before you embark. It is important to note that during hunting season one should wear orange colored clothing to increase visibility for hunters. Check the forest service website for hunting seasons.
Note: On the eastern end of the 12 mile trail is an old WWII POW camp, which overlooks a small pond and also a serves as a recreational area for visitors. Your Frugal Family Travelers can certainly hike the full 12 miles to this but be aware that it can also be accessed by vehicle.(Click here for more information and directions to the POW Camp and Recreational area.)
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